Personal Reflection Essay - Religious Experience

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Religious Experience
I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember. I have never thought of going to a different religion 's place of worship, especially like a temple. When I heard that we had to experience another religion, I was a tad bit skeptical. Later on, I thought this would be a great experience for me. Being happy has been a main concern for me this year. I have picked Buddhism since that religion focuses on happiness. My mom and I went to the Buddhist Temple named Wat Punyawanaram on September 11, 2016. I knew where the place was because of an old childhood friend, is a member of that congregation. I knew the temple had a substantial size statue of a golden Buddha. But being close to it made me feel small. The statue 's eyes made me feel like it could see through me. Those two black circles staring back at me made me feel slightly uncomfortable. I had to remind myself that it is just a shrine, nothing more nothing less. There was another shrine further down the parking it was mahogany in color, but I am not sure if it was Buddha or a symbol of some sort. I was unable to get a closer view.
The service started at seven in the morning. I arrived around seven fifteen am. When I got out of the car it was completely silent. All you could hear were the insects and animals outside. There were very few cars in the parking lot. Due to the early time of day I expected this to be the case. When I arrived at the meditation room, there was a sign on the door. It…

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